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Fever Pitch Naxos 8.572835


Bogatko, George; Rimelis, David; Sahl, Michael; Ver Planck, J. Billy


Alsop, Marin


String Fever

Founded by Marin Alsop in 1981, String Fever was hailed for its remarkable
versatility and unique blend of pop, jazz and classical repertoire. Fever Pitch
presents pieces written and arranged for String Fever by a quartet of leading
composers whose origins range from 1920s vaudeville to big band, film music and
American and Afro-Caribbean folk. Marin Alsop performs numerous solos in a
kaleidoscopic program which follows on from the swing standards of It Don't
Mean A Thing.

Fever Pitch enters the market after having the ground warmed for it by String
Fever's It Don't Mean A Thing, which covered big band standards. Fever
Pitch shows this groundbreaking ensemble in pieces written especially for them,
and this uniquely tailor-made repertoire shows their remarkably multi-faceted
character to best advantage.

Fever Pitch Review

Founded by the young Marin Alsop in the early 1980s, String Fever had
diverse activities, including appearances on a pair of Billy Joel albums, and
still performs. The ensemble was inadequately represented on recordings,
probably because merchandisers could never figure out whether to classify them
as classical, jazz, or pop. That, of course, remains the group's primary point
of interest. Fever Pitch originally appeared in 1992 on a small label called
Lizard, and Naxos faithfully reproduced it, including the

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